This painting is done on a gallery wrapped canvas painted on the sides so that no frame is required.
When I started with this painting it was truly abstract. I used a very large brush and paynes gray acrylic paint. I was adding paper and cheesecloth when suddenly the whale image appeared. It grew from there. I do not usually add people or animals in my painting unless they show up of their own accord. That is what happened here.
In the image below you can see my pastel scribbles over the image trying out different ideas before applying more paint. The beauty of the pastel is you can wipe it off if you don't like it or you can spray a fixative on if you like it and keep it as part of your image. It is recommended that if you do spray it you then put a coat of clear medium over it to make it permanent.
There were many steps and coats of paint after that but I think you get the idea.
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Blessings for a great day.